‘Whoa’ to back door planning consent at Musselburgh Racecourse

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Planning chiefs are being urged to rein in management at Musselburgh Racecourse to prevent further unauthorised development on the site.

A string of retrospective planning applications for work on the track and buildings has angered neighbouring residents who feel their views are being ignored.

It has also sparked fears that controversial proposals for an all-weather track could be resurrected and pushed through by the back door.

Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council last week agreed to write to East Lothian Council, on behalf of the residents involved, demanding that the racecourse adhere to the same planning rules as everyone else in the county.

Chairman Irene Tait said there was “genuine concern” that the council’s decision to grant retrospective consent for an artificial surface on one of the bends could lead to similar applications for other parts of the track.

Pointing out that plans for an all-weather track had been thrown out following a public inquiry, she went on: “There are rumours now about further work being carried out at the other end of the track and, if the same things happens, it wouldn’t take much to fill in the rest and they’d have their all-weather track.”

Full story in this week’s Musselburgh News, on sale now.

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